Performing Arts

Kylee Kamikawa: Vocal Recital

July 16, 2022 | In celebration of the longevity and accomplishments of our multi-generational community, PCM welcomed classical singer Kylee Kamikawa to our small stage to perform selected works from Mozart, Handel, and Debussy. Kylee is a 5th-generation Portlander with family ties to New Chinatown and the founding of our museum.

The Great Leap

by Lauren Yee | May 1 - 9, 2021 | Directed by Desdemona Chiang, The Great Leap tells the story of Manford Lum, a local star of the sidewalk basketball courts in San Francisco's Chinatown who strong-arms his way onto an American college team traveling to Beijing for a “friendship” game in 1989. The story leaps back and forth in time in a tale that weaves together political and family history with the notion that sometimes there's more to life than making the shot.

Cantonese Opera Performance, With Members of Yat Sing Music Club

August 18, 2019 | Full dress Cantonese Opera performance by members of the Yat Sing Music Club, including regional folk music from South China and Cantonese Opera songs. Founded in 1929, the Yat Sing Music Club, a Cantonese Opera ensemble, is one of the longest-running community groups in Portland's Chinatown.

Jenny M. Chu and Jake Vermaas

April 28, 2019 | An afternoon of poetry with local writers, Jenny M. Chu and Jake Vermaas, featuring a presentation of “My parents owned a restaurant…” by Chu, and “Where I got that name” and “First Fruits” from Jake Vermaas.

King of the Yees

December 5 - 9, 2018 | The Portland premiere of Lauren Yee’s comedy, King of the Yees, was an enhanced staged reading of Yee’s love letter to America’s Chinese communities. In this hilarious and heartfelt generational story about culture, racial identity, and family, Yee explores why her father, who grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown, is such a devoted member of the Yee Fung Toy, a family association formed in the late 1800s to help Chinese immigrants navigate living and working in America under Chinese Exclusion. Featured actors included Dmae Roberts, Samson Syharath, Stan Egi, Khanh Doan, and Ray Tagavilla.

Yat Sing Music Club Performance

August 16, 2018 | The second concert of the Yat Sing Music Club, honoring the new Portland Chinatown Museum. Founded in 1929, the Yat Sing Music Club, a Cantonese Opera ensemble, is one of the longest-running community groups in Portland's Chinatown.

Joe Kye Performance, with Jenny Chu

September 27, 2018 | A two hour performance from his album MIGRANTS, by the acclaimed violinist-looper, vocalist, and composer, Joe Kye. With an opening performance from Jenny Chu, poet and spoken word artist.

Horatio Law: Two Ghettos

May 16, 2018 | A multimedia installation accompanied by Chinese and Nikkei musicians and performance artists. This event was viewed simultaneously by two audiences in the Old Town Chinatown and Jade District neighborhoods using the TalkBack app.

Old Town Soundscapes: A Sound Art Installation

September 19, 2017 | Created by the Old Town History Project’s Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis, recorded and mixed by Larry Johnson, and produced in association with Charles Morrow Sound for Innovative Housing, Inc., the Soundscape series was an aural theater composed of voice, music, story fragments, ambient and recorded effects that were projected from the facades of four historic Old Town buildings. Funding for this project was generously provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust, Prosper Portland, and Central City Concern.

Illumination #1: Old Town Chinatown

December 2014 | Artist Rose Bond's Illumination #1 at the Society Hotel (formerly Mariner's Home Building) was revived for the launch party of the newly created Portland Chinatown History Foundation in 2014. The installation is part of the Illuminations Series of the Old Town History Project, a community-based history, art and culture organization devoted to the preservation and revitalization of Portland’s oldest surviving historic district. Projected through the windows of the original Portland Seamen’s Bethel Building at NW Third and Davis, the installation explores 120 years of Portland’s cultural history in a twelve-minute loop.